Kristin Ess Review

January 30, 2018

Fun fact, I was (still sorta am) Lauren Conrad obsessed growing up. I have a collection of every magazine cover she has been on. I take it as a sign that we have the same birthday and the same name.

Naturally when she started advertising her hair stylist is Kristin Ess I became equally entranced by her and her beautiful hair posts.

I have been following both geniuses for years. When Kristin announced she was creating her own hair care line, I nearly fell out of my chair.

Here I am to give you my review on the products I have purchased thus far and a few I plan on adding to my collection.

Starting with the Signature Purple Shampoo & Purple Conditioner. I am SO impressed with how the shampoo performed. I have used several purple shampoos in my icy blonde/silver/grey hair endeavors. My favorite for the last two years has been Unite Blonda Shampoo. I think I could easily alternate between these two, however, the Kristin Ess Purple Shampoo is MUCH more accessible for me. I normally let the shampoo sit on my head while I shave to keep my locks nice an icy. This proved to be slightly too long for the Kristin Ess shampoo because it left my hair quite silver. I do love me some silver hair, but I think that speaks to how well this shampoo performs! The conditioner is good, but not great. I prefer something to be extremely moisturizing after using a purple shampoo because they can be quite drying. I will probably return the conditioner or pass on to a friend who wants to try.

I wasn’t able to test the full capability of the Air Dry Creme which will be revealed with another product in this post. The directions say to let your hair air dry until your natural wave pattern starts to form, add a dime to quarter size amount throughout your hair, and let air dy. I enjoyed the consistency as well as how easy it worked through my hair. I need to try this one out one more time before having a full final opinion on it. However, the fact I want to try it again is a good sign right?

I LIVE for the Dry Finish Working Texture Spray. I’ve recommended it to more people than I can count. I spray throughout my hair after curling or waving my hair and my hair stays put. Not only do I get that undone disheveled look that everyone seems to be loving, but my hair holds the style all day long. It doesn’t feel tacky and has just enough grit. It doesn’t leave any unwanted residue on my locks. It’s wonderful. If there is one product you should purchase, it’s this one.

I am a bit on the fence about the Sea Salt Air Dry Spray. I will say I think I was a bit heavy handed and sprayed too closely when I used it. You know everything you dislike or hear about other sea salt sprays that keep you away? This one did just that. Which is why I wasn’t able to see the full benefit of using the Air Dry Creme. I am a bit uncertain if I will give this one another go around. I do think it would perform better once my hair is a bit healthier in a few months, which is perfect timing for summer.

Another product I own that I sadly forgot to include in the photograph because it is in Victor’s (one) drawer in our bathroom is the Depth Defining Water Based Pomade. I originally purchased for Victor to give it a whirl, but ended up using for myself also. I like to use it when I need to slick down pieces of hair when I do a middle part low pony or bun, and I also use it when want to stick hairs in place when I do a high bun and not use bobby pins to hold stray pieces that aren’t long enough. A little goes a long way. I did stumble upon the Defining Shine Pomade + Edge Control which I would be interested to see how it performs in comparison to the Water Based Pomade.

I didn’t realize just how many products she has released recently and ones she previously had that I hadn’t purchased and would LOVE to give a go. So I’ll list them in order of which I can’t wait to get my hands on and which I would like to try out but might only reach for sparingly : Style Reviving Dry Shampoo, Strand Strengthening Reconstructive Moisture Mask, Soft Shine Beach Wave Spray, Weightless Shine Leave In Conditioner, Style Assist Blow Dry Mist, and the Weightless Shine Working Serum. I told ya there was a lot.

I think Kristin has made some stellar products at such an affordable price point. I love that all of her products have the same clean smell. Even though the packaging is quite feminine, I do think guys would enjoy some of her items as well.

Do you have any Kristin Ess products? Are there any you want to get your hands after this review?

-xx, Lauren.


2 responses to “Kristin Ess Review”

  1. Jackie says:

    I purchased the dry texture spray & soft shine wave spray in a holiday kit (for myself, no shame) to try it out before I committed. I TOTALLY agree with you, LOVE the dry texture spray! Just had to learn not to treat it like hair spray – a little goes a longggg way. I didn’t love the soft shine beach wave spray. It was almost like a diet version of the dry texture spray. I didn’t see it add shine to my hair or add much texture. I would pass. I bought my sister the leave in conditioner (spray bottle) for a stocking stuffer. She has THICK fine straight hair that is so easily tangled, honestly I’ve seen her spend 15 mins alone brushing it. Ain’t nobody got time for that! She is IN LOVE with that leave in conditioner spray. She swears by it for dangling long hair & she even sprays a light mist over dry shampooed hair to elevate that stiff powder helmet feel & look…can’t attest to this myself, but I can tell you her hair looks amazing!

    • lwallll91 says:

      Thanks for the insight, Jackie! Sad to hear the wave spray is underwhelming 🙁 But great news on the leave in conditioner. Both you and your sister have great hair, so I value the input!!

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